Skagit County Public Health reported 459 new cases of COVID-19 for the seven-day period running Oct. 17 through Oct. 23.

It marked the 11th consecutive seven-day, Sunday-through-Saturday period with 300 or more new cases, and is the highest number over that span.

The previous high during this latest COVID-19 surge was 440 from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2.

The 459 new cases include both positive PCR tests and positive antigen tests. Prior to Aug. 11, Public Health reported only positive PCR tests among its COVID-19 totals.

Among the new cases reported, 277 were from positive PCR tests and 182 from positive antigen tests.

The seven-day Sunday-through-Saturday period running Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 included four new deaths and 16 new hospitalizations.

Through Oct. 23, the county has had 109 COVID-19 deaths and 605 hospitalizations throughout the pandemic.

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